10 Ways to Spot Job Burnout
4. Cognitive Problems
Burnout and chronic stress may interfere with your ability to pay attention or concentrate. When we're stressed, our attention
narrows to focus on the negative element that we perceive as a threat. In the short term, this helps us deal with the problem
at hand, Dr. Ballard says, "but our bodies and brains are designed to handle this in short bursts and then return to normal
functioning. When stress becomes chronic, this narrow focus continues for a long time and we have difficulty paying attention
to other things."
This "fight or flight" tunnel vision can negatively affect your ability to solve problems or make decisions. You might find that you’re more forgetful and have a harder time remembering things.
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